LSU will host former Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor on an official visit this weekend.
Taylor has been a popular name on the LSU recruiting front having attended multiple games in Tiger Stadium this season. Without a defensive tackle committed in the 2015 class, the Tigers are interested in adding a junior college prospect that can see the field immediately and shore up depth at the position.
Taylor spent this fall at Copiah-Lincoln CC after being dismissed from Georgia in July.
Taylor was arrested on July 22 and charged with aggravated assault/family violence. According to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Taylor allegedly “choked” and “struck with a closed fist” his girlfriend in a UGA dorm.
That was Taylor’s second arrest of the year. He was one of four UGA football players caught trying to double-cash meal reimbursement checks in March. Taylor received pretrial diversion treatment and community service for that theft by deception charge, according to the AJC, and did not face suspension from UGA.
His second arrest resulted in his dismissal though, which sent him to Co-Lin for this past season.
LSU has closely monitored Taylor’s legal status, and according to a source, will not press for his commitment until that clears. LSU coaches have stayed in contact with Taylor’s attorney, according to Co-Lin coach Glenn Davis.
“[LSU DL coach] Brick [Haley] calls weekly, and he came down and watched him play,” Davis said. “They’re fully aware of everything that’s going on…
“They’ve had conversations with his attorney,” Davis said. “I can’t give out that information because that’s between Jonathan and them. I think they’re pretty aware of where things are and what happened. It wasn’t like some of the stuff you hear on television. But at the same time, it was still dealing with a female. They’re working on it, and it’s going to get resolved pretty quick I think.”
Davis said Taylor managed to place all off-field issues behind to focus on his season. Taylor was named first-team MACJC All-State after finishing the season with 44 tackles, 11 for a loss and 4.5 sacks.
Taylor is on pace to graduate from Co-Lin after this semester. He will have two seasons left of eligibility.
Taylor signed with Georgia out of Millen, Ga., as a four-star prospect in the 2012 class. He was the No. 76 overall prospect in his class and the No. 9 defensive tackle.
“He’s done great for us,” Davis said. “He’s a really good kid. A great big teddy bear is what he is. He did a great job for us in the middle of our defense, really separated us from where we were because of him being in the middle and being that guy that can stop the run.”
This weekend’s official visit will give the LSU coaches a better opportunity to get to know Taylor on a personal level. Davis expects his player will leave a favorable impression on the Tigers and can be a perfect fit in Baton Rouge.
“He’s going to be exactly what they’re looking for,” he said. “Brick does a great job knowing what he needs to play for him. They’ve had a lot of guys get drafted in the last few years, so at some point in time that takes its toll on a program. That’s what they’re dealing with right now.”
LSU to host former UGA DT Jonathan Taylor
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